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TENCATE PERFORMANCE COMPOSITES

Industrial Composites
Selector Guide
Product Selection Guide
Electronics
Energy
Industrial
Medical
Oil & Gas
Recreational
Transportation

Thermoset Composites - Thermoplastic Composites - Thermoplastic Molded Parts - Bulk Molding Compounds

TenCate Advanced Composites is a global materials technology company supporting a


wide range of applications for engineered composite materials. TenCate has the history,
technical capabilities and manufacturing technology to support the use of advanced
composite materials in applications ranging from high temperature oil and gas to high
volume automotive. Go further with TenCate Advanced Composites.

Go Lighter...




Industrial A wide range of applications in the industrial market benefit


from the use of advanced composites. TenCate offers both thermoset
and thermoplastic options across a wide range of price and performance
targets to meet the needs of our customers. Markets that benefit from
our materials include:

Medical
Robotics

Recreational Electronics
Maritime

Go Further...

Transportation TenCate materials reduce the weight of and


improve the fuel efficiency for a broad range of transportation industries:

Automotive
Bus

Rail
Trucks

Interiors

Go Stronger...

Energy TenCate materials provide manufacturers with a


broad range of material solutions for applications such as:

Blade Structures

Centrifuges

Pressure Vessels

Go Deeper...


Oil and Gas High performance composites from TenCate offer an


innovative alternative to the traditional metals and non-reinforced plastics
typically used in the oil and gas market. Applications include:

Pressure Vessels Gaskets


Frac Plugs
Tubulars
Low Dielectric Enclosures

Piping
Overwraps

...think TenCate.

Table of Contents

Company Profile ............................................................................................... 4


Industrial Applications................................................................................. 5 - 8
Tooling Prepregs............................................................................................... 9
Thermoplastic Composites & Formed Parts............................... 10
Design, Part and Fabrication Services........................................... 11
Film Adhesives & Syntactics ................................................................. 12
Honeycomb Services ................................................................................... 13
Material Comparisons & Common Composite Fabrics............. 14

2014, All data given is based on representative samples of the materials in question. Since the method and circumstances under which these materials are processed and tested are key
to their performance, and TenCate Advanced Composites has no assurance of how its customers will use the material, the corporation cannot guarantee these properties.
TenCate AmberTool, Cetex, CFRT and all other related characters, logos and trade names are claims and/or registered trademarks TenCate and/or its subsidiaries. Use of trademarks,
trade names and other IP rights of TenCate without express written approval of TenCate is strictly prohibited. 3M Fortified Resin Technology & 3M Fortified Tooling is a trademark of 3M
Company. Nomex is a registered trademark of E.I du Pont de Nemours and Company. Flex-Core and Redux is a registered trademark of Hexcel Corporation. Photos courtesy of the respective
companies. Printed in USA

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Industrial Composites Selector Guide

TenCate Advanced Composites

Company Profile

TenCate

Thermoplastic Prepreg Technology

TenCate is a leading supplier of specialty materials including


ballistic armor, advanced composites, protective fabrics and
geosynthetics.

TenCate is a global leader in the development and production


of composite prepreg materials and laminates.

TenCate Advanced Composites


TenCate offers a wide range of product solutions, including:
Thermoset advanced composite materials
Tooling prepregs
Thermoplastic advanced composite materials
Bulk composite molding compounds

Our thermoplastic composite prepregs are available in


several forms:
Pre-consolidated and oriented stacked laminates
of 1-25 plies (RTL - reinforced thermoplastic laminates)
Fully impregnated unidirectional tapes based on standard
or intermediate modulus carbon fiber or S-glass unitapes

Compression molding capabilities for part fabrication

Fabric-based prepregs or semi-pregs

Film adhesives and syntactics


Honeycomb services

In a variety of resin systems including Nylon, PC/ABS,


HDPE, PMMA, PP, PET, PPS, PEEK and PEI

Whatever your composite material needs are,


TenCate has the right solution at the lowest total cost.

Bulk Molding Compounds

Thermoset Prepreg Technology


Our thermoset-based advanced composite prepregs are
available in fabric and unidirectional tape form ranging
from slit tapes for automated tape laying to 64 inch
(163 mm) wide fabrics.
TenCate utilizes both film impregnation and direct impregnation to meet unique handling and processing requirements
for each customer. We work with carbon, glass, quartz
and aramid based reinforcements and a wide variety of
proprietary resin systems ranging from low cost epoxies to
high temperature BMIs.
Tooling
TenCate is a trusted name in tooling with the TenCate AmberTool
brand of tooling prepregs. Composite tooling offers many benefits
over metal tooling including similar CTE, lower cost, lower weight
and ease in fabrication.
TenCate has a full line of tooling prepregs to fit your tooling
needs, plus we are an exclusive distributor of 3M's innovative
nano-silica matrix resin technology. Service, support, technology
and selection, a winning combination!

TenCate offers a full range of chopped fiber bulk molding


compounds for use in compression molding. TenCate molding
compounds utilize either thermoset matrix resins such as
epoxy or cyanate esters, or thermoplastic matrix resins such
as Nylon, PEEK or PPS. Typical chopped molding lengths are
half to one inch (12 to 25mm).
Compression Molded Parts
TenCate offers vertically integrated tool design, prototyping,
CAD/CAM and full production capabilities. Our process is
suited for small, geometrically complex parts to large, contoured structures up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) long. Our process
is capable of producing parts with integrally stiffened ribs,
molded-in inserts and special surfaces (such as conductive or
insulative surfacing films).

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Industrial Composites Selector Guide

Performance Composites Products

Industrial Applications

Corrosion resistance

Rapid cure, out-of-autoclave thermoset based prepregs


are ideally suited for exterior surface panels. TenCates
thermoplastics are ideally suited for load bearing beams,
brackets and clips. Our materials also work in a variety of
manufacturing processes, including continuous compression
molding, automated tape placement, thermoforming, injection
overmolding and stamping.

Excellent toughness and fatigue resistance

Energy

Ease of fabrication via common molding processes

Reduction of downtime and improving cycle time are critical


in an industry where every minute counts. The use of corrosion
resistant composite materials help reduce downtime. Rapid
assembly methods, spoolable pipe, and use of lighter
structures reduce the infrastructure costs associated with
pipeline component replacement.

Customers turn to TenCate to realize the many benefits that


advanced composites offer:
Weight reduction
High strength and stiffness

Ability to optimize strength and stiffness


Low flame, smoke and toxicity performance
Our materials support applications in a wide range of
industries, including automotive, energy (oil and gas),
electronics, recreational, marine, infrastructure, and others.
Each industrys needs are different, and each values a
different set of performance attributes.
Transportation
High volume manufacturing and weight reduction are two important considerations for the automotive industry. The rapid
stamping processes developed for use with thermoplastic
composite materials lend themselves to these high volume
needs. Continuous fiber reinforced materials offer equivalent
strength and stiffness with lower weight when compared to
injection molded parts and metallic parts.

TenCate's products offer the combination of improved corrosion


resistance, high strength and stiffness in a lighter weight.
Some oil and gas applications include:
Wrapped pipe and tubing for increased strength,
weight reduction and corrosion resistance
Molded frac spheres
Electrically pure dielectric structure and enclosures
for down hole inspection and monitoring
Carbon fiber reinforced tethers
Composite pressure cylinders
Drill plugs

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Industrial Composites Selector Guide

Performance Composites Products

Industrial Applications

Other Applications
Electronics - TenCate offers innovative, lightweight, highly
durable and visually unique solutions for next generation
electronics, including smart phones and tablet computers.
Through our facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, we are
capable of supporting turnkey manufacturing needs on a
global scale.

Recreational - The unique high strength, high stiffness and


low weight properties of composites make them valuable
across a broad range of markets. Today, composites are used
for the production of golf club shafts, tennis rackets, fishing
rods, bicycles, boat paddles, bats, hockey sticks and a variety
of other applications.
Medical - TenCate is a world leader in the development and
production of high performance, highly aesthetic orthotic and
prosthetic devices. TenCate CFRT thermoplastic composites are
also found in running shoes, hockey skates, and high end basketball sneakers to provide stability with light weight and comfort.

Thermoset Materials Selection Guide: Product Chart


Product
Name

Resin Type

Tg

Cure Temp/Cure Time

Description

Low to Moderate Service Temperature Thermoset Prepregs


BT250E-1

TenCate E644

TenCate E650

Epoxy

Epoxy

Epoxy

257F/125C

255F/124C

250F/121C

60 minutes at 250F/121C

Excellent overall system with moderate toughness for


impact resistance

3.5 hours at 158F/70C

8 hours at 140F/60C

Medium tack level, easily laminated to mold surface


Low initial cure temperature 122-176F/50-80C
5 days work life
Lower tack version of TenCate E644

15-20 minutes at 250F/121C

Excellent system for high volume applications with its


short cure cycle
Excellent 30 days outtime to allow for easier shop floor
handling

EX-1531A

Epoxy

266F/130C

EX-1548

Epoxy

15 minutes at 250F/121C or
262F/ 128C 30 minutes at 235F/113C or
240F/ 93C

Toughened epoxy capable of rapid cure


Excellent surface finish
Low initial cure temperature, with high Tg using post cure
7 days outlife

Extreme toughness in a quick cure epoxy


May be cured at a lower temperature to facilitate processing
Excellent 30 days work life

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Thermoset Materials Selection Guide: Product Chart Continue


Product
Name

Resin Type

Tg

Cure Temp/Cure Time

Description

Low to Moderate Service Temperature Thermoset


TC210

Epoxy

262F/ 128C

TC250

Epoxy

293F/145C or
338F/ 170C
with post cure

TC275-1
NEW

Epoxy

293F/145C or
338F/ 170C
with post cure

TenCate 8020

TenCate 8020-FR

TenCate 8020
Rapi-Ply

Epoxy

FR Epoxy

Epoxy

250F/121C

250F/121C

219F/104C

60-120 minutes at 250F/121C


60 minutes at 190F/88C follow
by 120 minutes at 265F/130C
Optional post cure of 60 minutes
at 350F/177C for higher Tg

TC210 offers excellent cosmetic surfaces


Performs well in roll wrapping applications
Long outtime with excellent toughness for
impact resistance
Has ability to be post cured for higher
temperature performance

360 minutes at 275F/135C or


120 minutes at 350F/177C

Designed for thick parts under low cure pressures


Low void laminates
Compatible adhesive TC263 for bonding core or
parts to laminate

330 minutes at 176F/80C

Flexible low to medium cure schedules


158F/70C to 266F/130C
30 days outlife
Post curable for higher Tg applications

330 minutes at 176F/80C

TenCate 8020-FR is fire resistant under FAR 25.853


Appendix F- vertical burn material test criteria (i)
30 days shelf life at ambient temperature
with good adhesive properties for honeycomb core

330 minutes at 176F/80C

Outstanding vacuum-only (out of autoclave)


processing capability. No debulking required
Provided in Rapi-Ply form for fast layup
Significantly reduced lay-up times (up to 75%)
compared with traditional prepreg routes
Flexible low to medium cure schedules
158F/70C to 266F120C
7 days out life

Moderate Temperature Thermoset


TC350-1
NEW

Epoxy

397F/203C

120 minutes at 350F/177C

Excellent laminate quality with low pressure cures


Good temperature performance with excellent
toughness
Very long work life, 30 days tack life and 45 days
for tool life

TenCate E720

Epoxy

230F/110C

60 minutes at 248F/120C

Good impact resistance


Core bondable, 60 days shelf life at ambient
temperature with medium tack levels

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Thermoset Materials Selection Guide: Product Chart Continue


Product
Name

Resin Type

Tg

Cure Temp/Cure Time

Description

Moderate Service Temperature Thermoset


TenCate E721-FR

FR Epoxy

248F/120C

60 minutes at 248F/120C

FR version of TenCate E720


Core bondable, 60 days shelf life at ambient
temperature

TenCate E722

Epoxy

280F/138C

60 minutes at 248F/120C

Higher modulus matrix for monolithic parts


Compatible with TenCate EF72 film adhesive for
honeycomb sandwich construction

TenCate E726
NEW

Epoxy

262F/128C

60 minutes at 248F/120C

Controlled flow
Good surface finish
60 day shelf life

TenCate E730

Epoxy

342F/172C

60 minutes at 275F/135C

Higher Tg system, designed to deliver excellent


mechanical properties at high temperatures
Good fracture toughness delivers durable parts

TenCate E745
NEW

Epoxy

244F/118C

60 minutes at 275F/135C

High toughness and impact properties


Long 60 days shelf life

365F/185C

16 hours at 176F/80C or
60 minutes at 275F/135C
with post cure

Versatile cure schedules


Excellent translation of fiber properties
Good impact resistance
Excellent strength retention at elevated temperature

471F/244C

120 minutes at 400F/204C,


followed by post cure of
360 minutes at 450F/230C

Thermal stability under high temperatures


Moderate toughness with good moisture resistance
Available in RTM resin form
Capable of curing between 158-275F/70-135C
Postcurable for high Tg
Often used in brake ducts because of high
temperature resistance

TenCate E750
NEW

Epoxy

High Service Temperature Thermoset


RS-8HT

BMI

TenCate C640

Cyanate Ester

635F/335C

10 hours at 80C/176F,
followed by 2 hours at
572F/300C post cure

TenCate C740

Cyanate Ester

617F/325C

2 hours at 275F/135C,
followed by 2 hours at
536F/280C post cure

Features long outtime for larger parts


Excellent high temperature performance

TC420

Cyanate Ester

350F/177C or
610F/ 321C
with post cure

180 minutes at 350F/177C


Optional post cure of
500F/ 260C for higher Tg

TenCate's highest temperature cyanate ester


Processes like an epoxy yet yields a Tg and
performance of a BMI
Excellent thermal stability, good resistance
to microcracking.

TC800 BMI+
NEW

BMI

471F/244C

6 hours at 350F/177C,
followed by 2 hours at
450F/230C

An out of autoclave, vacuum cure processible high


temperature BMI
Excellent high temperature resistance while offering
easier oven processing

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Industrial Composites Selector Guide

Performance Composites Products

Tooling Prepregs
Today's shift to composite part fabrication also necessitates the transition from metal to composite tooling. TenCate's AmberTool
tooling prepregs offer the best in performance, handling and durability.

Tooling Prepregs Selection Guide: Product Chart


Product Name

Resin Type

Tg

Cure Temp/Cure Time

Description

TenCate
AmberTool TC18

Epoxy

350F/177C
after post cure

14 hours at 160F/71C,
followed by post cure

Long 21 days outtime with high temperature service


Low temperature 160F/70C initial cure capability

TenCate
AmberTool TC20

Epoxy

400F/204C
after post cure

10 hours at 140F/60C
followed by post cure

Low temperature initial cure at 140F/60C


capable of high Tg with postcure
5 days outtime

TenCate
AmberTool TC40

BMI

415F/213C
after post cure

6 hours at 350F/177C
followed by post cure

High service temperature tooling prepreg


Long 30 days outtime with a 14 days tack life
Thermally stable at high temperature

TenCate
AmberTool HX32

Epoxy

329F/165C
after post cure

12 hours at 158F/70C
followed by post cure

14 days outlife for large tools


Capable of curing between 149-176F/65-80C

TenCate
AmberTool HX40

Epoxy

397F/203C
after post cure

12 hours at 149F/65C,
followed by post cure

Long out life system (10 days) with high


temperature performance

TenCate
AmberTool HX42

Epoxy

392F/200C
after post cure

18 hours at 122F/50C,
followed by post cure

Proven system with aerospace qualifications


Excellent resistance to phenolic resins
Good high temperature performance
5 days outlife

TenCate
AmberTool HX44

Epoxy

370F/188C
after post cure

10 hours at 140F/60C
followed by post cure

Excellent tooling system for most


applications
Ideal for glass fabric use
4 days outlife

TenCate
AmberTool HX50

Epoxy

374F/190C
after post cure

18 hours at 104F/40C
followed by post cure

Excellent system for small to medium sized


autoclave tooling
Provides excellent surface finish with fast cure
60 hours out life

390F/198C
after post cure

12 hours at 140F/60C,
followed by post cure

Utilizes 3MTM Matrix Resin, a proprietary


nano-silica filled resin technology
Lower exotherm, shrinkage and CTE
Harder, more durable tooling surfaces
Less springback and greater fracture toughness
for more robust tooling

410F/210C
after post cure

30 minutes at 300F/150C,
then 4-8 hours at
350F/177C followed by
post cure

Utilizes 3MTM Matrix Resin, a proprietary


nano-silica filled BMI technology
Long term high temperature stability
Harder, more durable tooling surfaces
Less springback and greater fracture toughness
for more robust tooling

Tooling prepregs

3MTM Fortified tooling prepregs


3M Fortified
Tooling Prepreg 140
TC24-Si
TM

3M BMI
Tooling Prepreg
TC44-Si

Fortified
Epoxy

TM

Fortified
BMI

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Industrial Composites Selector Guide

Performance Composites Products

Thermoplastic Composites
and Formed Parts
Performance Materials Corporation (PMC) and their subsidiary Baycomp are now part of TenCate Advanced Composites. With
their Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic (TenCate CFRT thermoplastic composites), they are leaders in the thermoplastic
composites industry. Simply put, with this acquisition, no other company has the depth of thermoplastic composites experience with
the global production capabilities compared to TenCate.
TenCate CFRT thermoplastic materials provide for greater structural properties compared to injection molded plastics, and have
distinct advantages over thermoset composites with respect to impact and other properties, part cycle times, cost and sustainability.
Key markets served include electronics, recreational, medical and automotive.

Product Name

Thermoplastic Resin

Process Temp.

Neat Resin Heat


Distortion under Load
1.8 MPa/ 265 psi

Applications

Performance Thermoplastics
TenCate Cetex
TC910

Nylon 6 (PA6)

480-520F/
249-271C

392F/200C

Automotive and recreational applications as a


result of temperature resistance, toughness and
solvent resistance

TenCate Cetex
TC920

Polycarbonate/ABS

540-580F/
282-304C

205F/96C

Electronic enclosures as a result of its high


quality surface finish and toughness. V0 fire
rating, may be over-molded

TenCate Cetex
TC930

High Density
Polyethylene (HDPE)

360-390F/
182-199C

253F/123C

Oil and gas applications such as pipe


overwrapping as a result of its strength and
toughness

TenCate Cetex
TC940

Polyethylene
Terephthalate (PET)

509F/265C

392F/200C

Excellent for recreational and low cost


applications for its good impact resistance

Various*

Polymethyl
Methacrylate (PMMA)

374-410F/
190-210C

200F/93C

Commonly used for athletic shoe inserts,


orthotics
Good cosmetic surface appearance

TenCate Cetex TC960

Polypropylene (PP)

390-420F/
199-216C

318F/159C

Used in applications where low cost and high


toughness desired (vehicles)

Engineering Thermoplastics
TenCate Cetex
TC1100

Poly-phenyl-sulfide (PPS)

536F/280C

230F/110C

Ideal for structural applications under


200F/93C service temperature
Very resistant to solvents

TenCate Cetex
TC1220

Poly-ether-ether-ketone
(PEEK)

649F/343C

300F/149C

Very high strength, used in oil and gas and


structural applications
Good heat resistance to 250F/121C and
above depending upon load

*For further information on TenCate's line of thermoplastic composite materials, please refer to the TenCate Cetex Thermoplastic Composite Brochure.

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Industrial Composites Selector Guide

Lightweight Composites

Design, Part and


Fabrication Services
TenCate's CCS division is a recognized leader in the design and production of high performance compression molded composite
parts. CCS specializes in designing and producing parts that benefit the most from the properties of molding compounds, with
a particular expertise on extremely high tolerance, geometrically complex parts.
Compression molding is a common alternative for complex structures typically made of aluminium or titanium. Typical reinforcements include carbon and glass chopped fiber, but other reinforcements are possible.

Materials Selection Guide: Bulk Molding Compounds


Compression molding is a highly controlled process using precise resin infused fiber reinforced tape made with standard, intermediate
or high modulus fibers. Resins can be thermoset (BMI, cyanate ester, epoxy, etc.) or a thermoplastic (PEEK, PPS, PEI and Nylon) resin.
Bulk molding compounds are made by chopping these unitapes into fiber lengths ranging from 1/8 to 1 (3 to 25 mm). Longer fiber
lengths generally provide higher strengths, while smaller length fibers allow more complex structural details to be molded into the part.
Product Name

Resin Type

Tg

Description

Resin Properties

Bulk Molding Compounds


MS-1A

Epoxy

327F/164C

High modulus epoxy

Tensile Strength - 42 ksi (290 MPa)


Tensile Modulus - 19 Msi (131 GPa)

MS-1H

Epoxy

375F/191C

Fast cure intermediate modulus epoxy

Tensile Strength - 37 ksi (255 MPa)


Tensile Modulus - 10 Msi (69 GPa)

MS-4A

Epoxy

327F/164C

Standard modulus epoxy

Tensile Strength - 45 psi (310 MPa)


Tensile Modulus - 9 Msi (62 GPa)

MS-4H

Epoxy

375F/191C

Fast cure standard modulus epoxy

Tensile Strength - 44 ksi (303 MPa)


Tensile Modulus - 6 Msi (41 GPa)

MS-4J NEW

Epoxy (FR)

327F /164C

Fire retardant standard modulus epoxy

Tensile Strength - 50.5 ksi (348.0 MPa)


Tensile Modulus - 9.6 Msi (66.1 GPa)

PPS

194F/90C

Thermoplastic based with


standard or IM fibers

Tensile Strength - 28 ksi (193 MPa)


Tensile Modulus - 5.9 Msi (40.4 GPa)

PEEK

290F/143C

Thermoplastic based with


standard or IM fibers

Tensile Strength - 42 ksi (289 MPa)


Tensile Modulus - 6.3 Msi (43.4 GPa)

Thermoplastic

Various

Standard or intermediate modulus

Various

TenCate Cetex
MC1100
TenCate Cetex
MC1200
Various

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Performance Composites Products

Film Adhesives
and Syntactics
TenCate offers a range of film adhesives that are compatible with our prepregs. Film adhesives are used for honeycomb bonding
of skin to core, or to bond pre-cured or post-cured laminates.
TenCate syntactics represent epoxy films that are loaded with glass microspheres for low density and high compressive strengths.
TenCate's Amlite and Amspand line of syntactic films are ideal for sandwich core construction, used for edge close outs, core
splices and reinforcement areas.

Film Adhesives Selection Guide: Product Chart


Product Name

Resin Type

Tg

Cure Temp

Description

FILM ADHESIVES AND SURFACE FILMS


TenCate 8020 SF

Epoxy

250F/121C

176F/ 80C

Composite surfacing film which provides class A finishes


Provides a protective, durable surface layer for composites
Easily sandable and has a 7 days outlife.

TenCate EF44

Epoxy

259F/120C
(DSC)

158F/70C

Toughened epoxy adhesive film with 7 days outlife

TenCate EF72

Epoxy

234F/112C

248F/120C

Structural epoxy film adhesive with 30 days outlife

TenCate EF8020

Epoxy

241F/116C

176F/80C

Wide cure temperature between 158-266F/70-130C


30 days outlife

TC235-1SF
NEW

Epoxy

246F/119C

250F/121C

30 day tack life, 45 day tool life


Available with lightning strike screens
Vacuum cure capable composite surfacing film
Excellent surfacing characteristics

Redux 212-NA
Foaming Film
Adhesive

Epoxy

500F/260C

248F/120C

Core splice foaming film aadhesive


90 days outlife

Syntactics Selection Guide: Product Chart


Product Name

Resin Type

Tg

Cure Temp

TenCate Amlite
LT64

Epoxy

266F/130C
(DSC)

158F/70C

Low temperature, low density film


Non-expanding
7 days outlife

TenCate Amlite
SC8020A

Epoxy

223F/106C

176F/80C

Low density syntactic film with flexible cure temperatures


from 158-266F/70-130C

TenCate Amlite
SC72A

Epoxy

223F/106C

248F/120C

Mid temperature curing syntactic film.


Ideal for sandwich structures under 3mm/0.11 inches

TenCate Amspand
ES72A-2

Epoxy

237F/114C
(DSC)

257F/125C

Expanding syntactic core


Ideal for core splicing or core fill and edge close out applications

Description

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Performance Composites Products

Honeycomb
and Core Services
TenCate Advanced Composites, UK (formerly Amber Composites), has the largest independent core processing operation in
Europe. Aluminium, Nomex, and Kevlar honeycomb are available in addition to Flex-Core honeycomb. We hold extensive
stock to choose from. All is cut to customer's thickness specification and available with fast turnaround times.

Honeycomb and Core Services Selection Guide: Product Chart


Product Name

Description

HONEYCOMB & CORE SERVICES*

Aluminium Honeycomb Aerospace Grade

High strength-to-weight properties at relatively low cost


Structural aerospace grade aluminium honeycomb available in 5052 and 5056 alloy
Cut to thickness specification with fast turnaround times

Aluminium Honeycomb Commercial Grade

Commercial grade aluminium honeycomb core.


Corrosion resistant 3003 alloy aluminium.
Cut to thickness specification with fast turnaround times

Nomex Honeycomb Aerospace Grade

Nomex paper sheets and are coated and bonded together with a high modulus phenolic resin
Fire resistant and self extinguishing
Good dielectric properties
High temperature strength up to 180C/ 356F
Cut to thickness specification with fast turnaround times

Nomex Honeycomb Commercial Grade

Fire resistant and self extinguishing


Good thermal and electrical insulating properties
High strength to weight ratio and easily formable to shape

Flex-Core

Made from either 5052 or 5056 aluminium alloy foil and is available in two cell sizes
Unique cell configurations that permit small radii of curvature without deformation of the
cell walls or loss of mechanical properties
For leading edges, flaps, nacelles, fairings, doors and access covers, and other parabolic,
spherical and cylindrical shapes

Flex-Core is a registered trademark of Hexcel. Nomex is a registered trademark of E.I du Pont de Nemours and Company.
*Offered from Langly Mill, UK location.

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Performance Composites Products

Material Comparisons and


Common Composite Fabrics
Material vs Reinforcements

Filament Count

Tensile Strength

Tensile Modulus

Density g/cc

Steel

n/a

58 ksi (400 MPa )

29 Msi (200 GPa)

7.8

Aluminum

n/a

70 ksi (483 MPa)

10 Msi (69 GPa)

2.8

E- Glass

n/a

290 ksi (2,000 MPa)

10.5 Msi (72 GPa)

2.6

S- Glass

n/a

680 ksi (4,689 MPa)

12.5 Msi (86 GPa)

2.5

Standard Modulus Carbon

12K
(also 18K, 24K, 48K)

500-700 ksi
(3,447-4,826 MPa)

~30-34 Msi
(207-234 GPa)

1.8

Intermediate Modulus Carbon

12K

~800 ksi (~5,516 MPa)

~40 Msi (276 GPa)

1.9

High Modulus Carbon

6K, 12K

~575 ksi (~3,965 MPa)

~60-80 Msi
(414-552 GPa)

1.9

Ultra High Modulus Carbon

1K, 3K, 12K

~500 ksi (~3,447 MPa)

~115 Msi (793 GPa)

2.2

Table of Standard Weave Styles for Fabrics

Areal Weight (oz/yd2 / gsm)

Description

120 (4 harness satin)

3.14/106

Lightweight glass fabric

7781 (8 harness satin)

8.87/301

Drapable 8 harness fabric

S-Glass

6781

8.94/303

High strength drapable 8 harness fabric

Ceramic

Plain Weave or 5 harness

7.2-24/244-814

Carbon

Plain Weave - 3k

5.7/193

Good fabric stability, but less drapable

2 x 2 Twill

6.0/205

More drapability than pw, more stable

5 harness

8.3/281

Good drapability

8 harness

10.8/366

Excellent drapability

E-Glass

Ceramic-based woven fabrics

TENCATE PERFORMANCE COMPOSITES

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Industrial Composites Selector Guide

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Camarillo CA, USA

Nijverdal, Netherlands.

Langly Mill, UK.

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TENCATE ADVANCED COMPOSITES


TENCATE PERFORMANCE COMPOSITES
TENCATE ADVANCED
COMPOSITES, UK
Amber Drive, Langley Mill
Nottingham, NG16 4BE UK
Tel: +44 (0)1773 530899
Fax: +44 (0)1773 768687

TENCATE PERFORMANCE
COMPOSITES, USA
1150 Calle Suerte
Camarillo, CA 93012 USA
Tel: +1 805 482 1722
Fax: +1 805 482 8776

TENCATE ADVANCED
TENCATE ADVANCED
COMPOSITES, USA
COMPOSITES, NL
18410 Butterfield Blvd.
G. van der Muelenweg 2
Morgan Hill, CA 95037 USA
7743 RE Nijverdal NL
Tel: +1 408 776 0700
Tel: +31 548 633 933
Fax: +1 408 776 0107
Fax: +31 548 633 299

TENCATE PERFORMANCE
COMPOSITES, CANADA
5035 N. Service Road, Bldg. A-1
Burlington, Ont., Canada L7L 5V2
Tel: +1 905 332 0991
Fax: +1 905 332 0433

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TENCATE ADVANCED
COMPOSITES, USA
CCS Composites, LLC
2450 Cordelia Road
Fairfield, CA 94534 USA
Tel: +1 707 359 3400
Fax: +1 707 359 3495

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Nomex is a registered trademark of E.I du Pont de Nemours and Company.. Flex-Core and Redux is a registered trademark of Hexcel Corporation.
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